The Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers meet Monday in MLB action from Globe Life Field. The Red Sox just finished up a series versus the rival Blue Jays. Boston lost the first two games, then on Sunday the Sox lost a close one. As for Texas, they played the Guardians over the weekend and also lost the first pair. In the finale the Rangers took a blowout loss. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox had trouble with the Blue Jays over their first two games this past weekend, falling 3-0 and 4-3 in the first pair. In Saturday’s loss, Boston’s Rafael Devers provided a two-run homer. In the Sunday finale Boston out-hit the Jays 9-7 but still lost 3-2. Devers had a solo homer and two hits. Pablo Reyes had the other RBI.
In the starter role for the Red Sox on Monday it’ll be Kutter Crawford. So far Crawford has a 4.26 ERA and a 6-7 record over 28 games (20 starts). He’s 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA over his last seven starts, striking out 33 batters in 30.0 innings.
Boston Red Sox Team Facts
The Red Sox have lost each of their last seven night games against teams that held a winning record.
The Red Sox have failed to cover the run line each of their last seven night games against teams that held a winning record.
The Red Sox have led after 3 innings in each of their last seven Monday games against the Rangers.
The Red Sox have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five night games against American League opponents that held a winning record.
The Red Sox have led after 7 innings in each of their last seven Monday games against the Rangers.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they fell to the Guardians 12-3 in their opener matchup, then lost Saturday 2-1. The lone RBI came from Texas’ Marcus Semien (1-for-4). On Sunday the Rangers only gave up runs in one inning but still lost in a blowout 9-2. Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith each registered an RBI in the defeat.
As starting pitcher for the Rangers on Monday Jordan Montgomery will take the mound. This season in his 29 starts Montgomery is 9-11 with a 3.47 ERA and 147 Ks in 168.2 innings. Montgomery is 2-2 with a 3.67 ERA over his last seven starts.
Texas Rangers Team Facts
The Rangers have lost each of their last six games as favorites against AL East opponents following a road loss.
The Rangers have failed to cover the run line in each of their last 10 home games following a loss.
The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the last six games between the Red Sox and Rangers.
The Rangers have led after 5 innings in each of their last six games against AL East opponents.
The Rangers have led after 7 innings in each of their last six games against AL East opponents.
The Texas Rangers rank 2nd in the league for hits this season (1375).
The Texas Rangers rank 2nd in the league for doubles this season (313).
The Boston Red Sox rank 1st in the league for doubles this season (323).
The Boston Red Sox rank 3rd in the league for hits this season (1353).
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stay with the Red Sox. Also probably staying away. Neither of these starting pitchers has done very well lately. Crawford has 12 earned runs over his last 11.0 innings, and Montgomery has 11 earned over his last 16.1 frames. That said, Montgomery is coming off 7.0 clean innings in Toronto, and Crawford put up one earned in 4.2 innings versus the Yankees during his last start. A lot of different things could happen here, but Boston probably has a good shot at a W thanks to their offense. Realistically I’m not touching this one, though.